The Dilemma

The Dilemma
The Dilemma
  • PG-13
  • 1h 51m
  • 2011
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Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star comedy from director Ron Howard. Ronny’s (Vaughn) world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees something he should not have, and makes it his mission to get answers. As the amateur investigation dissolves his world into comic mayhem, he learns that his best friend Nick (James) has a few secrets of his own. Now, Ronny must decide what will happen if he reveals the truth. Also starring Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum and Queen Latifah.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten24%
Critics Consensus: It boasts a likable cast and an interesting premise, but The Dilemma can't decide what to do with them; the result is an uneven blend of cheesy slapstick and surprisingly dark comedy.
Reviews
Miami Herald
Donald Munro
Rotten

As cumbersome and drawn out as a slowly deflating tire, this cinematic collision between Vaughn's...

March 2, 2019
Guardian
Philip French
Rotten

Rather less fun than a badly executed coronary bypass.

June 22, 2017
New Yorker
David Denby
Fresh

Who ever thought that Ron Howard could make a cult film? This movie is a mess, but it's an intelli...

March 2, 2019
Guardian
Cath Clarke
Rotten

This collapses into comic mayhem, falling-out-of-trees slapstick, snore-bore misunderstandings and...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Conor Mills
Rotten

Junk-food cinema in its most elementary form. If you're lucky you'll have forgotten everything abo...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Friendship comedy veers into serious territory.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Ron Howard-directed buddy comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James takes a serious swerve pretty quickly, delving into the subject of infidelity and how it wrecks a marriage. As such, it's probably too heavy for tweens and younger teens. You can also expect some crass moments in Vaughn’s riffs (including one about "doing tricks"), making out, and sexual innuendo. Language is fairly salty, including one use of "f--k" (plus "s--t," "a--hole," and more), and there’s some drinking. All of that said, the movie ultimately has a positive message about the importance of honesty in good friendships and marriages.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:January 14, 2011
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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